Laura McInerney: the Conservatives could drive their reforms through in the first 100 days

Writing in the Guardian, Laura McInerney says that with Labour in numb shock, the Conservatives will aim to use the early days of the new government to push through their education manifesto…

…In 2010, Michael Gove pushed through the academies bill in less than a week while Labour MPs were diverted by their election loss, gazing at their navels in their search for a new leader.

Nicky Morgan, the current education secretary, might be less combative than Gove, but the Labour party would be foolish to underestimate her.

The prime minister has made it clear he wants all of the Conservatives’ manifesto pledges to be fulfilled. Like it or not, that means Sats resits for “failing” 11-year-olds. It means 500 new free schools. And it means many more schools will be forced to become academies. It is not a faint-hearted manifesto…

…these first 100 days will set the tone. It will be right now, while the Labour party is licking its wounds, that the government could sneak through its boldest changes and take the most decisive actions.

The worst thing Labour did in 2010 was to forget that their job was to oppose. Schools need them now. They need them to scrutinise new laws and get concessions – not to tip up in 2020, five years late, with a pseudo-plan. There are no leaders to be found by gazing at belly buttons…

More at: Let the schools battle commence – without delay


Fascinating analysis from laura McInerney suggesting the first 100 days – i.e. the next three months – will be the crucial period for the Conservatives to drive their reforms into legislation.

It is interesting that a big chunk of this will happen to be the summer holiday period – what impact might that have on things?

Are you confident the Labour party will provide adequate scrutiny?

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  1. Labour have a responsibility to oppose – not for the sake of opposing but to prevent even more damage being inflicted on education in England.
    They could start by alerting parents to the harm being done to their children (more tests promised – baseline and SAT resits – when children in England are already among the most-tested in the world) and reminding parents that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been given via contracts to companies linked to academy trustees.

  2. TW

    The only thing that the shambolic wreck that it is all that remains of NuLab could do to help is to get out of the way of emerging parties and go away and die.

    Of course it will not provide adequate scrutiny – most of them are too dim to understand what the Tories are doing and the rest agree with it.

  3. Many labour supporters -see Twitter – recognise the extraordinary advances made by Michael Gove, and understand precisely why he was initiating radical reform. 
    Laura McInerney rightly points to the dangers, unrealistic expectations, lack of thought for the effect on schools, teachers and children, half-baked ideas, ambiguous, shoddy directives, and so on, but without an intelligent analysis of his reforms, protest may only serve to stiffen Conservative resolve.

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